Brand new festival HEAVY SCOTLAND announce headliner Arch Enemy plus Sodomized Cadaver, Dyscarnate, Disposable

Brand new heavy metal festival HEAVY SCOTLAND are delighted to announce their first wave of bands for their debut year, to be held in Edinburgh between the 1st-2nd April 2017.

Announced today are the first headliners, melodic death metal legends Arch Enemy; plus acclaimed brutal death metal band Sodomized Cadaver; resurgent death metal favourites Dyscarnate and Scottish thrashers Disposable. Plenty more huge bands to come so stay tuned.

Early bird tickets are now available to purchase from here, for only £70:

VIP ticket bundles are available but already close to selling out so get yours while you can!

Set to be the biggest and best new festival dedicated to all things dark, heavy, and vicious, Heavy Scotland is borne out of a love of metal. Aimed at supporting a famously dedicated metal scene but until now without a big festival, Heavy Scotland looks set to put Scotland on the map.

With accommodation options, more bands, and ticket options to announce, Heavy Scotland is already on the way to becoming the surprise festival success of 2017.

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Galactic Empire to strike back at the UK on 20 date tour

Galactic Empire to strike back at the UK on 20 date tour

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....  a new heavy metal band was formed by some of the most infamous and feared villains in the galaxy - GALACTIC EMPIRE

Today, an old evil rises; the dark side of the force grows stronger... Today, news of Rogue One breaks, and so The Emperor gives word of his return to the galaxy. Dark Vader (lead guitar), Boba Sett (drums), Bass Commander (bass), Shadow Ranger (guitar) and Red Guard (guitar) are preparing to strike the UK this December, which is to become the first of the Empire's new colonies.

Lightsabers and blasters have proven to be weak against the rebel scum, so now they will be attacking with guitars, bass and drums, performing classic pieces from the iconic soundtrack of the Star Wars films, written by John Williams. Now, metal is the true path to the dark side. Will you join the Empire?

Check out Galactic Empire performing the main Star Wars theme here:

Vader (guitar) had the following to say: "These instruments are crude but should be adequate to shred some faces as we journey across the galaxy. We have been doubling our efforts to complete our debut full-length album in time for The Emperor's arrival. Citizens of the United Kingdom: If you are not part of the Rebel Alliance or a traitor, prepare to be shown the true power of the dark side."

Ably supported by rogue solo maverick Nick Johnston, this tour is more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Invasion plan:

01-Dec    Patterns (ex Audio), Brighton
02-Dec    Talking Heads, Southampton
03-Dec    The Hub, Plymouth
04-Dec    The Fleece, Bristol
05-Dec    The Globe, Cardiff
06-Dec    Plug, Sheffield
07-Dec    O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham
08-Dec    The Venue - Derby, Derby
09-Dec    Arts Club, Loft, Liverpool
10-Dec    O2 ABC2 Glasgow, Glasgow
11-Dec    Buskers, Dundee
12-Dec    The Mash House, Edinburgh
13-Dec    O2 Academy2 Newcastle, Newcastle
14-Dec    The Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa
15-Dec    The Scholar, Leicester
16-Dec    Bedford Esquires, Bedford
17-Dec    The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
19-Dec    Sub 89, Reading
20-Dec    O2 Academy Islington, London

Download the “Star Wars Main Theme” and Imperial March on itunes here:

HUNDRED SUNS launch Indie Go-Go campaign for debut album

HUNDRED SUNS are a brand new three-piece made up of familiar faces, whose ambitious musical vision is to be realised this summer as they launch their album recording Indie Go-Go campaign.

Head to the Indie Go-Go page to check out the band's pledge video, which also reveals a clip of a new track:

Vocalist Cory Brandan (Norma Jean), Guitarist Chris LeMasters (ex Dead and Divine) and Drummer Ryan Leger (ex Every Time I Die) have been working together since 2013, sharing ideas and building the project's foundation. Their collective desire to step out of the box, take risks, and create something truly unique has been the driving force of their creativity, and after three years of hard work, HUNDRED SUNS are ready to make themselves known.

Check out HUNDRED SUNS' debut song ‘Fractional’ here:

On the formation of the band, Cory commented "We are very excited to finally get this sucker off the ground!  We have been working hard to make this project come to life and it hasn't been easy with us living so far away from each other.  It's been three years in the making and we are as passionate as we ever have been to make Hundred Suns a reality.  I really love the crowd funding platform, it allows artists to connect directly with their fans in a huge way.  If all goes as planned, we'll be tracking as early as September and looking to hit the road as soon as we have a record in our hands.  We want to thank all our backers in advance for supporting this project and we can't wait to see and meet you all." 

With a full album’s worth of material prepared, HUNDRED SUNS are all set to hit the studio to record their debut album, with pre-orders and exclusive bundles now available via Indie Go-Go. In addition to downloads, CDs and vinyl, the bundles include shirts, hoodies, posters, caps as well as exclusive studio experiences, documentaries and exclusive previews to the material. There will also be special musician packages which include guitars, drums, headphones and more.

Click the link below for full details and to pre-order now!

Following the release of the as yet untitled album, the band are planning a full-scale tour. More news to be released in due course.

Servers Release To Hell With You Video

Servers Release To Hell With You Video

The UK's dirtiest rock ‘n’ roll cult, SERVERS have released their brand new video for 'To Hell With You', which premiered via Metal Hammer Magazine yesterday. 

"The song encompasses the view that here is no God or devil," comments bassist Lee Wilde (aka SERVER #0002)"There are people out there who are fanatics and they need to wise up, stop being naive, drop their guard and don't let these organisations exploit their weaknesses. With the video itself we tried to capture the chaos that religion can bring to this world and highlight the things they put people through for the sake of it all."

'To Hell With You' is taken from their forthcoming second album 'Everything is OK' which is set for release on the 19 August 2016 via Undergroove Records. 10 brooding tracks unleashing a healthy dose of melancholic beauty with equal amounts of haunting disposition, sonic drama, captivating hooks and 43 minutes of mood-building tension, succinctly enveloped by vocalist Lee Storrar's (ex G.U. Medicine) evocative, untouchable vocal delivery. 

The band recently released a free track download of another track, Spells, which you can grab a copy of here: 

Catch the band at their album launch show on August 19th at the Barnsley Rock and Blues Bar. 

Everything is OK will be released on August 19 via Undergroove Records. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes

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Synth alt-rock duo SKIES reveal video for 'Hold On'

Synth-rock duo SKIES have revealed the video for their new single 'Hold On', following its digital release last month.

Premiered by TicketMaster Blog, check out the video here:

A band unafraid of genre experimentation SKIES take elements of synth, rock and pop to deliver a sound that is epic and mesmerising in equal measures, effortlessly bridging the gap between indie and alternative.

New single Hold On reveals a deeper and darker side to SKIES; quirky synth-led melodies interlace with gritty guitars and Alie Cottle’s infectious vocal tones to create a dense atmosphere that musically illustrates the lyrical theme: mortality.

“‘Hold On’ is a song about being mortal, and wondering why we are,” explains vocalist/guitarist Alie Cotter. “It’s something that I’m really intrigued about, these rules we have to live by, and no one knows exactly why. I just wanted to explore it a bit - the song itself came together really naturally, it was one of those moments where it all fell in place.”

With previous support from BBC Radio 1 DJs Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, BBC Introducing Kent and Amazing Radio for their single ‘Drone’ which Q magazine called “A contemporary pop-rock anthem", SKIES have rapidly cemented themselves as a high potential act and they continue to do so with this latest single.

A sound that translates monumentally live, SKIES have already made their mark on venues across the UK, most recently supporting pop-rockers Evarose on their album launch run.

Catch SKIES on one of the following dates:

25/08/2016 – London, The Islington (Good Karma Club) 
07/09/2016 – Manchester, The Pen & Pencil
08/09/2016 – Tunbridge Wells, Forum
18/09/2016 – Ramsbottom Festival
19/10/2016 – London, Camden Assembly

BREATHE IN THE SILENCE announce UK headline tour with special guests BEYOND RECALL

After their successful run of shows with Normandie last week, Welsh post-hardcore quintet BREATHE IN THE SILENCE will return to the road in September for their own headline tour - they will be joined by special guests Beyond Recall

The five dates will be in support of the band's new EP Hold My Heart,  which is set for release on the 2nd September 2016 via Crooked Noise Records.

Dates are as follows:

02.09.2016 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
03.09.2016 - Derby, Sitwell Tavern
04.09.2016 - Dundee, Buskers Bar
05.09.2016 - Newcastle, Jumpin Jacks
06.09.2016 - London, 229 The Venue

Check out the video for the EP's title track 'Hold My Heart' here:

‘Hold My Heart’ is a fitting introduction, a more mature side of the band evident with soaring vocals blending with softer melodies. That’s not to say that the five-piece have left their heavier roots behind as the EP welcomes back grittier post-hardcore elements: harsher riffs and guttural vocals at times juxtapose with vibrant melody to create an innovative blend of layers.

The band's live resume is one to be desired having already made appearances at Download Festival, Merthyr Rocks, Oxjam Festival and Butserfest. That’s not to mention the support that they've received from BBC Radio One, Kerrang! Radio and Metal Hammer off the back of their previous single ‘Feathers’, an impressive feat for such a young band.

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FOES announce debut album 'The Summit Lies Skyward' and reveal new single 'Young Sovereign'

Progressive post-rockers FOES are excited to announce that they'll be releasing their debut album The Summit Lies Skyward on the 7th October 2016 via Basick Records. Pre-orders have launched to coincide with the announcement here:

The quartet have revealed their new single 'Young Sovereign', which was premiered on Alex Baker's Fresh Blood Show on Kerrang! Radio. Listen to it here:

Of the album, the band comment:

"We couldn't be more proud that we're finally able to release this album. For us, it's the culmination of three years of hard work with FOES, and a year of solid writing. Every element of the record was created and considered with the mindset of making a debut we'd hope could stand the test of time. To then be able to take the finished product, and release it through one of our favourite UK labels is a huge privilege. We hope this album can mean as much to someone else as it does to us."

FOES recently announced a co-headline tour with We Never Learned To Live, the dates for which surround the band's appearances at ArcTanGent, Throwfest and Fort Fest.

Dates are as follows:

20.08 - Bristol, ArcTanGent Festival
21.08 - Cardiff, Throwfest
25.08 - Chester, Live Rooms*
26.08 - Cheltenham, Frog & Fiddle*
27.08 - Basingstoke, Sanctuary*
28.08 - Bridgwater, Cobblestones*
29.08 - Bristol, Mothers Ruin*
03.09 - Bedfordshire, Fort Fest

*w/ We Never Learned To Live

FOES’ ability to make complex ideas accessible and create hooks out of the unexpected has been further refined on The Summit Lies Skyward. Big riffs and intelligent rhythmic arrangements are present but unimposing, providing an intricate base for the atmospheric backdrop and emotive vocals at the forefront. From the opening intricate guitar work in ‘The Choir Invisible’ to the metallic stomp on ‘Young Sovereign’ and the infectious chorus in ‘Sworn Host’, The Summit Lies Skyward has huge musical diversity, yet somehow FOES unify these extremes into a sound that is completely unique to themselves.

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Welsh alt-rockers The Decoy unveil debut LP before YNot Festival appearance

Welsh alt-rockers The Decoy unveil debut LP before YNot Festival appearance

Inspiringly talented and eclectic Welsh alt-rock three-piece The Decoy are delighted to unveil their debut LP, Avalon - out today! For fans of Reuben, Biffy Clyro, Incubus, Press to Meco and more, Avalon is a unique and infectiously fun listen, and now available publicly for everyone's enjoyment.  

First premiered on Kerrang! you can purchase the album at:

Or listen:

The album's release comes ahead of the band's debut UK festival appearance at YNot Festival on Sunday 31st July. Catch the band at the following:

31 July YNOT Festival
4 Aug The Scene Swansea
5 Aug Percy's Curios Whitchurch
6 Aug Sanctuary Live Basingstoke
13 Aug Dragonffli Pontypool
5 Sept Louisiana Bristol
25 Sept Underground Festival Gloucester

Avalon follows on from the band's critically acclaimed EP, Parasites, which received praise from Kerrang!, Ticketmaster UK, and Glasswerk, who said: 'This is an absolute must-listen, a compelling and vital release from an insanely promising band'.

Avalon was recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Coulter (Arcane Roots, Reuben, A Plastic Rose), with artwork by the band themselves.

Avalon hones the unique originality of the band's previous work. The infectious personality and eclectic approach remain, combined with stadium-sized anthems and joyous vocal hooks and riffs. With a huge range of influences and an even bigger appetite for fun, The Decoy are a band who can’t help but put a smile on your face.

Handpicked to play this year's YNot Festival alongside Creeper, Arcane Roots, and SikTh, The Decoy are a band fast gaining interest, and deservingly so.

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Avalon tracklisting: 1. Black Mountain Radio 2. Cold 3. Elizabeth 4. Crazy Nights 5. Kids 6. Breathe 7. Habit 8. A Meze 9. Lion 10. Live By The Ax

Avalon tracklisting:

1. Black Mountain Radio
2. Cold
3. Elizabeth
4. Crazy Nights
5. Kids
6. Breathe
7. Habit
8. A Meze
9. Lion
10. Live By The Ax

US instrumental rockers Vasudeva announce UK tour including appearance at ArcTanGent Festival 2016

US instrumental rockers Vasudeva are excited to announce a run of UK tours in August, including a tour alongside French post-rockers Totorro and a slow at this year's ArcTanGent Festival.

Full list of dates:

15th - Dublin @ Hangar w/ Gulfer

17th - Cardiff @ House Show w/ Gulfer

18-20th - Fernhill Farm, Bristol @ Arctangent Festival 

21st - Glasgow @ Stereo w/ Totorro

22nd - Leeds @ Temple of Boom w/ Totorro

23rd - Manchester @ Gulliver’s w/ Totorro

24th - Nottingham @ The Bodega w/ Totorro

25th - Brighton @ The Hope and Ruin w/ Totorro, Waking Aida

26th - Basingstoke @ The Sanctuary w/ Totorro, Waking Aida

27th - London @ The Old Blue Last w/ Totorro, Waking Aida

28th - Leicester @ The Exchange w/ Totorro, Waking Aida

Watch the band on Audiotree here:

A band who've played alongside Pianos Become The Teeth, CHON, Modern Baseball, and more, Vasudeva's style of feelgood lo-fi lighthearted instrumental rock is the perfect soundtrack to your summer. Touring for the last four years, the band have travelled all over the US, as well as touring in Eastern and Central Canada. Two years since the band's previous tour of UK / EU, this new run of dates is the perfect opportunity to catch this infectious band.

With new material in the pipeline and their first UK festival appearance around the corner, keep your eyes open for this irresistable band.

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SERVERS announce FREE track download SPELLS

SERVERS announce FREE track download SPELLS

The UK's dirtiest rock ‘n’ roll cult, SERVERS, have released a free download of their track Spells ahead of their album release Everything is OK on the 19 August 2016 via Undergroove Records

Comments drummer Ant Nettleship, "Spells is about a point in time when you realise you've been blinded by outside influence for too long and it's time to wake up. Everything is OK!"

Album Everything is OK is a vociferous call to arms from the Northern rockers. 10 brooding tracks unleashing a healthy dose of melancholic beauty with equal amounts of haunting disposition, sonic drama, captivating hooks and 43 minutes of mood-building tension, succinctly enveloped by vocalist Lee Storrar's (ex G.U. Medicine) evocative, untouchable vocal delivery. 

Having perfected their sound on stages at Guilfest and Hammerfest and being main tour support for My Ruin under their belt, the band are set to spend the rest of 2016 gigging and touring with an album launch show scheduled for August 19th at the Barnsley Rock and Blues Bar. 

Everything is OK will be released on August 19 via Undergroove Records. Pre-orders are available now via iTunes

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